Iowa State returned to to Jack Trice Stadium this past Saturday for the first time in about three weeks. The Cyclones finished the day with an impressive performance, defeating San Jose State 44-10. However, with a lot of visitors in town for the win, Iowa State’s on-field performance wasn’t the only thing that impressed.
One of the major official visitors that was on campus this weekend, 2017 Bradenton, FL (Manatee) WR Tarique Milton. The three-star receiver was left very impressed with all that Iowa State had to offer during his time on campus.
“The visit was fun, the environment is different up here,” Milton said about his official visit to Iowa State. “The game was good and the fans are the real deal. After my visit, I can definitely see myself at Iowa State and I felt at home there. The people were really friendly.”
The 5-foot-10,160-pound Milton, got the full experience of what the Cyclones had to offer. He had a chance to hang out with the players and tour the facilities. The balance between athletics and education had Milton very intrigued. In addition, his conversations with the fellow players.
“Just hung out with the players and toured the facility. The players make it feel like you're at home, they're friendly and treat you like you're their brothers. The facilities such as academic centers and the different tutoring centers just seem like it's a good opportunity to be good academically.”
Prior to his official visit to Ames this weekend, Milton had a chance to take an unofficial visit to Iowa State on June 25th to meet the coaches face-to-face. However, during his second visit, the bond between him and the coaches improved, so did his comfort.
“I became real close to the coaches, we caught up and they just asked what were my thoughts about the program. I had a chance to talk to all the coaches.They really made me feel like a priority and put the full-court press on me.”
Iowa State had looked like a really good contender heading into Milton’s visit for a possible commitment. The Cyclones receiver target even told me it was “possible” heading into his visit. Well, that didn’t happen and he looks to keeping all focus on his senior season in high school. However, Iowa State does remain one of his top schools.
“I’m just focused on my season, so I don't have a leader or an order, but Iowa State is one of my top schools. I won’t commit during my season, it'll be too much of a distraction."